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    EXECUTIVE TEAM

    Chief Operating Officer
    Amr Abdelgawad

    Entrepreneurship & Technology

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    Amr is a Nanotechnology Engineer by training and background. His passion for healthcare has pushed him towards joining NERv in order to provide better resources for physicians to make more informed decisions regarding their patients. Over the years, Amr has been able to develop his business acumen through the Master’s of Business, Entrepreneurship, and Technology (MBET) program at the University of Waterloo and by leading the operations, finance, and business development activities at NERv. Amr is also the 2016 Ontario Student Entrepreneur of the Year, the 2016 runner-up Canada Student Entrepreneur of the Year, the 2017 Canada Student Entrepreneur of the Year, and a 2017 TEDxUW speaker. Outside of work, you will find him cheering on Real Madrid or playing soccer with his friends.

    Chief Executive Officer
    Youssef Helwa

    Electrical Engineering

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    Youssef is the CEO and one of NERv founders. Youssef has led the development and growth of NERv throughout his Nanotechnology Engineering degree, implementing its novel approaches in improving the clinical workflow for both patients and physicians. Coming from a medical family himself allowed him to live the most common challenges seen across many patient journeys. Youssef pursued his Masters in the field of implantable biochips while running NERv as a startup. The research work helped establish the foundation of NERv’s first product. His focus remains on building systems and products that integrate seamlessly with existing medical products and procedures, while improving patient outcomes and growing NERv into a leading medical company.

    Chief Technology Officer
    Abdallah El-Falou

    Electrical Engineering

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    Abdallah is a techie at heart, having always been fascinated by technology old and new. Having combined backgrounds in biomedical and electrical engineering, his primary role is translating clinicians’ needs into a full-fledged system. Before joining NERv, Abdallah fulfilled R&D roles in cutting-edge technologies including mobile touch controllers, high-speed satellite communications, and camera modules at leading institutions including the University of Waterloo and Apple. Outside of the office, you’ll find him watching a musical, flexing his culinary skills, or catching up with world news.

    Chief Medical Officer
    Dr. João Rezende-Neto

    MD, FRCSC, FACS

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    Dr. João joins NERv from the University of Toronto (Professor) to serve as part of the executive team. Dr. João has been a major part of NERv’s journey for over three years where he started by overseeing NERv’s early studies back in 2018. Dr. João has performed more than 10,000 major operations and has more than 100 peer-reviewed publications. Highly regarded in the community as the “inventor surgeon”, his research focuses on the development of medical devices. He also holds 9 patents and has licensed his inventions to the industry. He has also developed two original surgical procedures. He is currently the lead for Device Development and Entrepreneurship in the Department of Surgery at St. Michael’s Hospital. Dr. João is also an avid marathon runner who enjoys spending time with his family and playing water sports.

    SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY BOARD

    Chief of Surgery, St. Michael’s Hospital
    Dr. Ori Rotstein

    MD, MSC

    General Surgeon, Stony Brook University
    Dr. Samer Sbayi

    MD, MBA

    Consultant Obstetrician & Gynecologist
    Dr. Lamiaa El-Sebaay

    MD, MBBS

    Head of Osama Taha Bariatric Group
    Dr. Osama Taha

    MD

    Associate Professor McMaster University
    Dr. Pablo Serrano

    MD